Food & Drink

Where to Eat Brunch, According to Dallas' Top Chefs

Published On 09/22/2015 Published On 09/22/2015
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Blue Mesa Grill
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Braindead Brewing 
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Bolsa
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1. Blue Mesa Grill 14866 Montfort Dr, Addison, TX 75225 (Addison)

The original location (well, across the street from the original original location) of the Dallas resto that now has 6 total spots, Blue Mesa serves up Tex-Mex deliciousness from flights of queso to Blue Mesa Churrascaritas (skewers!).

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2. Stock & Barrel 316 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

Stock and Barrel is a hip American-cuisine destination with a neighborly feel, and an entire section of its menu dedicated to French fries. Order offerings such as crushed Yukons with Parmesan and smoked paprika mayo, or try out the meats, seafood, and sides coming out of the wood-fired grill.

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3. Kirin Court 221 W Polk St Ste 200, Richardson, TX 75081

Come to this consistently packed Chinese eatery for their famed dim sum; bite size offerings range from shrimp dumplings, BBQ pork buns, and hot and sour soup, in addition to vegan options.

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4. The Grape 2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

Helmed by Chef/Owner Brian Luscher (of Luscher's Red Hots fame), The Grape was originally opened in 1972 and has served approachable, European influenced fare at affordable prices ever since. The menu changes monthly, though, so the Grape never feels stodgy or old-guard. The charming, bistro-like interior and homestyle fare (blueberry pancakes, shrimp and grits) make The Grape a great brunch option

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5. Braindead Brewing 2625 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Aside from a killer tap list, the fine folks at Braindead have churned out the Coma Burger, with a brisket/bacon/Wagyu sirloin patty, sweet onion jam, smoked cheddar, crispy shallots, and stout mustard -- which is drawing considerable attention. Add in some outstanding queso and the warm cookies they make with spent grains/serve up with milk, and you should have no trouble sleeping.

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6. Meso Maya 11909 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230 (North Dallas)

This North Dallas Mexican establishment three unique rooms, a 20ft bar and high-end meals that don't break the bank, including the Queso Poblano, which has melted Chihuahua cheese, creamy queso blanco, roasted poblanos, fresh corn, and nopalitos.

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7. Brewed 801 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104 (Fort Worth)

Lined with bricks salvaged from a 100-year-old Chi-town warehouse, Brewed's eclectic mix of barnwood-supported concrete counters, couches, and bookshelves serve as a home-y background for classic Southern breakfasts of chicken biscuits and pillowy waffles with Cuvee coffee. The same goes for lunch time, when 60 kinda of Texas crafts make the rounds with truffle and chipotle deviled eggs, mussels, and roasted chicken.

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8. Lucky's Cafe 3531 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Lucky, indeed: most everything at this greasy spoon is covered in cheese. A grilled cheese with onions, tomatoes, green chillies, bacon, cheddar, Swiss? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

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9. La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio 4264 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219-2312 (Oak Lawn)

Perfectly blending the European and Latin American traditions, La Duni is definitely the only place in Dallas where you can start off with a Pastel Gloria (a Danish-style pastry) and finish with the Asado Brasilero (seared picanha steak with chimichurri salsas). Plus, all of their pastries are baked in house and they've got killer cocktails and coffee.

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10. Bolsa 614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

Located in the historic Settles Garage, Bolsa offers up a menu of American cuisine for brunch and dinner. The longstanding spot scores with creative cocktails you can't get anywhere else, like the The Shepherd with Mount Gay Extra Old, arugula, goats milk yogurt syrup, and lime. A covered outdoor patio with heat lamps makes it a solid spot to camp out even when the weather gets a bit nippy.

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11. Smoke 2408 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

The eclectic Southwestern decor and back patio at Smoke makes diners feel less like they're outside a strip mall in West Plano and more like they're in a adobe home in New Mexico. Quiet suburban crowds gather on the multicolored seating for brunch, lunch, and dinner and leave with loosened belts because they've stuffed themselves to the brim with Latin-inspired and Southwestern fare like bbq spare ribs, coffee-cured brisket, and grilled quail prepared by James Beard Award-winning Tim Byres.

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12. The Fatted Calf 112 E Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087

Lauded for "great, friendly, welcoming service staff, completely reasonable pricing and full bar," the Fatted Calf serves up southern-inspired American food in a casual atmosphere.

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13. Crossroads Diner 8121 Walnut Hill Ln., Dallas, TX 75231 (North Dallas)

Two Lombardi Mare chefs have opened a mezzanine-equipped, wood-accented, many-windowed grub warehouse that kicks off with from-scratch pancakes, waffles, and TX-pecan & caramel-loaded sticky buns, then moves on to tweaked greasy-spoon classics like carame

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14. The Local Oak 409 N Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

This restaurant offers a mix of Cajun- and Mexican-inspired comfort food and a full bar serving up beer, craft cocktails, and eight different wines -- all within a renovated 1920s building with a modern façade.

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15. Boulevardier 408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This French-inspired Bistro uses its wood-fired grill to reinvent some classic dishes from across the pond. In addition to the grub, there's an expansive wine selection that includes more than 120 American and French varietals, as well as a large array of liquors including Whiskeys, Armagnacs and Cognacs.

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16. The Standard Pour 2900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

This place is anything but standard, serving an outstanding variety of liquors, cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as delightful food options like their thyme and garlic chicken, lamb ravioli, and lobster nachos.